Generally, we are contacted to represent clients on one of three types of adoptions:

  1. Unrelated Adoption: These are adoptions where an adult person or husband and wife jointly petition to adopt an unrelated child.   This type of adoptions generally require an investigation by the State Department of Human Resources, consent from both parents or termination of parental rights.  Generally, these are the most expensive and time consuming adoptions.

  2. Step-Parent Adoption:   These are adoptions where the custodial parent of a minor child has remarried and the new spouse petitions to adopt the minor child.   No investigation by the State Department of Human Resources is required but the consent or termination of rights of the non-custodian parent is required. 

  3. Grandparent Adoptions:  These are adoptions where the maternal or paternal grandparent petitions to adopt a grandchild.   No investigation by the State Department of Human Resources is required but the consent or termination of rights of  both of the parents is required.

    An attorney from our office will meet with you to determine if your facts and circumstances support a Petition for Adoption.